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New iOS 12 beta sheds more light on the upcoming iPhone X Plus

Updated 4 years ago
Published Aug 1st, 2018 7:45AM EDT
iPhone X Plus Release Date
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Most reports detailing Apple’s 2018 iPhone plans say that Apple is going to launch three new iPhones this fall, a first for the company. All the devices will feature the same design introduced by the iPhone X, complete with edge-to-edge screens, notch, and Face ID support. Furthermore, the new iPhones will come in three sizes, including 6.1-inch (LCD), 5.8-inch (OLED), and 6.5-inch (OLED).

As always, Apple never confirms rumors about unreleased devices, but a new iOS 12 discovery indicates that, if the 6.5-inch iPhone is real, it’s going to be an iPhone X Plus kind of device.

The iPhone already packs a screen bigger than the display of existing Plus devices, at least when it comes to diagonal measurements. But the iPhone X also comes with a 2:1 aspect ratio, so the width of the screen is actually smaller than, say, the iPhone 8 Plus.

Image source: iHelpBR

That’s why fans of the iPhone Plus are probably looking forward to an iPhone X Plus version. And Brazilian site iHelpBR discovered evidence that Apple does indeed have an iPhone X Plus in the works.

The site used the latest betas of iOS 12 and Xcode to load up in iOS Simulator a device with the screen resolution set at 2688 x 1242. Now, we already proved that the iPhone X Plus screen resolution is 2688 x 1242.

Image source: iHelpBR

Upon further inspection, the site discovered that default apps including Messages, Calendar, and Contacts switch from portrait to landscape mode on the bigger 6.5-inch screen (images above and below).

The iPhone X Plus, with its 2436 x 1125, doesn’t support landscape modes like the iPhone Plus models. So the fact that an iPhone with a 2688 x 1242 screen would force Apple apps to switch to landscape modes suggests that Apple will treat the 6.5-inch iPhone as a Plus device.

Image source: iHelpBR

It’s unclear at this time whether the 6.1-inch iPhone, which also sports a screen that’s bigger than the iPhone X display, will support landscape mode for specific apps.

Apple should unveil and launch the 2018 iPhones in September.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.